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Field Experiences in Educational Administration

There are three major field experiences in the CAS Program in Educational Administration: EDA 885 Practicum in Educational Leadership (3 cr.), EDA 888 Administrative Internship (6 cr.), and EDA 896 Central Office Administration (6 cr.).  

EDA 885 PRACTICUM IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

The purpose of the practicum is to:

  1. Experience initial entree into the working world of school administration;
  2. Establish a collection of experience-based techniques to be used during the internship and future employment;
  3. Practice administrative skills under the guidance of a mentor or mentors;
  4. Explore administrative career paths;
  5. Practice job-seeking skills.

The practicum is a field experience during which the student is required to demonstrate proficiency in selected skills and tasks found on the Field Experience Rating Document. Because the time and task requirements are less than for the administrative internship, most students can complete practicum requirements while maintaining a normal work schedule.

The student can work with a single administrator or with multiple administrators during the practicum. Likewise, a student can work in a single setting (e.g., elementary school) or in multiple settings (e.g., elementary school, high school, special education office, etc.). The administrators must hold SAS, SDA, or SBA certification and be employed full-time at the level of assistant principal or higher.

EDA 888 ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIP

The purpose of the internship is to:

  1. Assume the role of a school administrator;
  2. Strengthen areas of weakness;
  3. Complete a collection of experience-based techniques to be used during future employment;
  4. Demonstrate readiness for employment as a school administrator;
  5. Refine job-seeking skills.

The internship is a field experience during which the student is expected to demonstrate proficiency in the remaining skills and tasks, as well as behaviors and attitudes, found on the Field Experience Rating Document.

The field supervisor must:

  1. Have New York State administrative certification (SAS or SDA);
  2. Be a building principal or a higher level (central office) administrator;
  3. Have at least two years of full-time experience in that job title.

There can be no "official" and "unofficial" field supervisor, and there can be only one (1) intern per one (1) field supervisor in any semester or summer session.

Both the Practicum and the Internship have deadlines by which a student must apply. Applying for the Practicum is an informal process, whereby the student sends an e-mail to the department office indicating the semester they wish to undertake the Practicum and the name of the school district they will be working in. The Internship requires a formal application to be filled out and signed by the field supervisor with whom the student will be working with for the internship. Both the Practicum and the Internship have the same deadlines for applying: October 15 for spring, February 15 for summer, and April 15 for fall.

The Practicum has three seminars and three product review sessions which augment the work the student completes as part of the performance portfolio. The first seminar is held in the semester prior to the semester in which the student will actually undertake the Practicum, and is considered the orientation and overview seminar. The other two seminars are scheduled during the semester in which the student is actually undertaking the Practicum. The three product review sessions are scheduled throughout the semester the student is registered for the Practicum in order for each individual student to review one-on-one with the college supervisor their progress with the competencies they have targeted for completion from the Field Experience Rating Document. The seminars are scheduled for three hours on a weekday evening, and the product review sessions are approximately 45 minutes to an hour per student. The schedule for the additional two seminars and product review sessions are usually set up at the orientation seminar.

The Internship has three seminars and three on-site visits to the school district in which the student is an intern. The first seminar is held in the semester prior to the semester in which the student will actually undertake the Internship, and is considered the orientation and overview seminar. The other two seminars are scheduled during the semester in which the student is actually undertaking the Internship. The seminars are scheduled for three hours on a weekday evening. The three site visits are scheduled in consultation with the student, the field/site supervisor, and the college supervisor.

EDA 896 CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

The purpose of Central Office Administration is to:

  1. Practice central office administrative skills under the guidance of practitioners;
  2. Explore central office administrative career paths;
  3. Prepare individuals to successfully assume central office administrative positions such as director of special education, assistant superintendent for instruction, and superintendent of schools;
  4. Understand the role, function, and relationships of assistant superintendents and superintendents;
  5. Understand the role, function, and relationships of the board of education.

Central Office Administration is a six credit hour course combining direct instruction and field experiences in central office responsibilities. It builds heavily upon the competencies acquired during School Building Leadership preparation and provides grounding in the more global role of district-wide responsibilities. The course includes five Saturdays of instruction (9:00 am-4:30 pm) distributed throughout the semester and requires a set of field experiences (a total of 125 clock hours) under the guidance of a college professor and a mentor. Central Office Administration is only offered during the spring and summer semesters.

The student can work with a single administrator or with multiple administrators during the Central Office Administration field experience. Likewise, a student can work in a single setting (e.g., office of the assistant superintendent for instruction) or in multiple settings (e.g., personnel office, office of director of curriculum, office of the superintendent, special education office, etc.); however, the entire field experience must be at the central office level. The administrators must hold SDA certification and be employed full-time at the level of assistant superintendent or higher. The following titles are acceptable: Director of Special Education, Director of Personnel, Director of Human Resources; Director of Pupil Personnel Services.

Applying to take Central Office Administration is an informal process, whereby the student sends an e-mail to the department office indicating the semester they wish to undertake Central Office Administration and the name of the district central office they will be working in. The deadlines for applying for Central Office Administration: October 15 for spring and February 15 for summer.

Last Updated 9/4/13